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Lighthouse Center offering mobile food pantry to those in need

The Lighthouse Center in Washington is offering free food to area residents in need. The mobile food pantry will be set up in the Goodwill parking lot on Wednesdays beginning at 10 a.m. (Gretchen Teske/The Union)
The Lighthouse Center in Washington is offering free food to area residents in need. The mobile food pantry will be set up in the Goodwill parking lot on Wednesdays beginning at 10 a.m. (Gretchen Teske/The Union)
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WASHINGTON — Area residents in need have an opportunity for free food thanks to the Lighthouse Center in town.

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. residents can visit the mobile food pantry in the Goodwill parking lot and take what they need. Clairene Stoneking, Office Manager at the Lighthouse Center, said a pop-up food pantry was done like this once before in December and staff have decided to start it up again this summer.

Residents do not need to provide any proof of address or qualify as it is open to everyone in need, she said. Everything from dairy products to fresh vegetables to poultry is available.

The food comes from the Midwest Foodbank in Peoria, IL and is picked up Tuesday nights to be distributed in Washington Wednesdays. The food will be distributed until it runs out, she said, and everyone is able to take what they need.

“There’s so much need in this community and the stores, especially with meats and things, are losing them so we can get it and pass it out, why not?” she said. “God clearly has a plan.”

Stoneking estimated there was about 7-10,000 pounds of food available on Wednesday and by 11:15 a.m. they had been able to serve about 35 families. Donations are also being accepted and can be dropped off at the Lighthouse Center in the office.